Middle School Blog Updates and Information

01/05/17 – Middle School Regulation Adoptions

Middle School Blog Updates and Information

After approval by the Kentucky Board of Education through the regulatory process, please be advised of the new policies affecting middle school athletics, which per 702 KAR 7:065 is competition for students grades 5-8 participating in competition for grades levels 6 through 8. Highlights of the changes are listed below with the complete regulation at http://www.lrc.state.ky.us/kar/702/007/065.htm.

Dead Period
Beginning in June 2017, the period of June 25 to July 9 (inclusive), shall be a dead period for middle school athletics.
During the dead period:
(a) Students shall not receive coaching or training from school personnel, whether salaried or non-salaried;
(b) School facilities, uniforms, nicknames, transportation, or equipment shall not be used;
(c) School funds shall not be expended in support of interscholastic athletics; and
(d) A postseason wrap-up activity, celebration, or recognition event relating to a spring sports team at a school may be held.

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Football drill work and practice activities will be […]

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04/15/16 – Clarification on Middle School Participation

Middle School Blog Updates and Information

Our office has had inquiries about participation in postseason competition for Track & Field by student-athletes in the 6th grade that were on the official grandfathered list as having participated in varsity competition prior to 2014-15 when changes in 702 KAR 7:065.

Per 702 KAR 7:065, any student that has participated at the high school level prior to the 2014-2015 school year is eligible to participate in the postseason. Any current 6th grade student-athlete that was placed on the grandfathered list in prior years and appears on the school roster is eligible to compete at both the region and the state level. If you have any additional questions, please contact Sarah Bridenbaugh (sbridenbaugh@khsaa.org) at the KHSAA office.

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01/05/17 – Middle School Frequently Asked Questions – Updated

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS/UPDATE – MIDDLE SCHOOL ATHLETICS REGULATIONS- UPDATED JANUARY 5, 2017

Please refer to this blog for updates and responses to frequently asked questions to guide you throughout the year.  If you have an immediate question, please contact Associate Commissioner Butch Cope (bcope@khsaa.org) at the KHSAA offices.

Authority and Jurisdiction

What is Middle School as used in these regulations and rules?
Middle School is defined by competition conducted between grades 6 through 8 to align with assessment parameters and divisions. It is considered to be middle school competition, and compliance with this regulation is required, if any of the following situations exist:

(a) The contest, event or tournament is sponsored by a school (or combined group of schools);
(b) Competitors wear a school issued uniform;
(c) The contest, event or tournament is sponsored by an outside entity as a school entry event (advertised or promoted as a school event), whether or not an entry fee is required;
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06/22/15 – AMLE To Produce Inclusion Webinar

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AMLE Webinar: Social Inclusion and Young Adolescents
August 5, 2015
4-5:00 p.m. EDT

Join AMLE (Association of Middle Level Educators), Special Olympics Project UNIFY® and middle level practitioners to learn about social inclusion and its importance for young adolescents. Andrea Cahn, Senior Director of Project UNIFY will share a national perspective and research on the impact of social inclusion on school climate and youth leadership. Bill Schreiber, principal of Granite Falls Middle School, NC, will share how his school has created an inclusive environment where all youth are agents of change. Dr. David Gonzalez, Associate Superintendent, United ISD, Laredo, Texas, will discuss how social inclusion is addressed in his district and the impact it has made in their middle level schools. Sue Gee, Executive Director, Vermont Association for Middle Level Education will discuss the work they are doing to address bullying in Vermont’s middle schools, using social inclusion as the solution.

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09/05/14 – Middle School Athletics and “Who we can play”

Athletic Department Blog Updates

We have received several inquiries on the middle school regulation (702 KAR 7:065) and which school(s) that middle school teams can and cannot compete against in contests. To assist schools, the following clarifications are being provided to help address those questions. We will also post this information within the FAQ document and review with the Middle School Advisory Committee at its upcoming Sept. 30 meeting.

Within the regulation KRS 156.070 (2), it states:

(11) Require that the common schools at the middle school level may only compete in contests against schools, including combined elementary or middle school teams, that adhere to these provisions; 

Middle school teams are defined as Board of Education sponsored/funded/approved middle school teams. Those teams are permitted to play against other Board of Education sponsored/funded/approved middle school teams that adhere to the policies in place as referenced above.

Board of Education sponsored/funded/approved middle school teams are not permitted to compete/participate against club teams, […]

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08/11/14 – Middle School Students Repeating Options and Age Requirements for Interscholastic Participation

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The following is related SOLELY to interscholastic play for grades 5-8 students in grades 6 through 8 play.

Through the completion of the 2014-2015 school year, policies regarding the participation of repeating students at the levels of play below high school interscholastic athletics (below grade nine(9)) shall be determined by the school council pursuant to KRS 160.345 (2) (i).

Effective with the 2015-2016 school year, policies regarding the participation of repeating students at the levels of play below high school interscholastic athletics shall be implemented pursuant to 702 KAR 7:065 as follows:

  • Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year and thereafter, require that no student enrolled initially in grade (5) through grade (8) during the 2015-2016 school year or thereafter who is repeating a grade for any reason be eligible to compete in interscholastic competition involving students enrolled in grades six (6) through eight (8) while repeating a grade;
  • Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, require that a student who […]

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08/11/14 – Middle School Frequently Asked Questions and Answers (updated)

Athletic Department Blog Updates

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS/UPDATE – MIDDLE SCHOOL ATHLETICS REGULATIONS- UPDATED AUGUST 11, 2014

Please refer to this blog for updates and responses to frequently asked questions to guide you throughout the year.  If you have an immediate question, please contact Associate Commissioner Butch Cope (bcope@khsaa.org) at the KHSAA.

Authority and Jurisdiction

What is Middle School as used in these regulations and rules?
Middle School is defined by competition conducted between grades 6 through 8 to align with assessment parameters and divisions. It is considered to be middle school competition, and compliance with this regulation is required, if any of the following situations exist:
(a) The contest, event or tournament is sponsored by a school (or combined group of schools);
(b) Competitors wear a school issued uniform;
(c) The contest, event or tournament is sponsored by an outside entity as a school entry event (advertised or promoted as a school event), whether or not an entry fee […]

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08/08/14 – Title IX Workshops Open to Middle School Administrators

Middle School Blog Updates and Information

As part of the regulation on Middle School athletics, Middle School Administrators are invited to attend the regional KHSAA High School Data and Title IX Seminars.  

While the vast majority of content for these meetings is for High School Administrators, attendance for Middle School Administrators is for informational purposes only with regard to Title IX. All other elements of the meeting are for High School Administrators.  These sessions will begin just after 8 a.m. and continue through 12:30 p.m. 

A final schedule for each day will be sent to all registered attendees and posted on the KHSAA website. 

The first of these workshops will be held on Wednesday, August 20 at Bishop Brossart High School in Alexandria. This workshop is NOT required. 

You may complete the registration form for this meeting at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014-2015KHSAAWebandTitleIXMeeting. It is important that you register in advance so that we may be better prepared for your arrival.

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Current Members – Middle School Advisory Committee

Administrative Advisory Committees

Robbie Sayre, Athletic Director, Fayette County Schools (2019)

Kyle Bennett, Athletic Director, Walton-Verona Middle and High Schools, Walton, (2017)
Tim Deaton, Principal, Green County Middle School, Greensburg, (2018)
Jimmy Durham, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director, North Laurel High & Middle / Laurel County, London, (2019)
Monica French, Athletic Director, JCPS – Ramsey Middle, Louisville, (2018)

Barry Lee, Director of Spec. Education, Pulaski County, Liberty, (2017)
Brad Meredith, Coach, Edmonson County Middle School, Brownsville, (2018)
Elizabeth Miles, Task Force Member/PTA, KY PTA, Coxs Creek, (2018)
Brad Morgan, Assistant Athletic Director, Christian Academy, Louisville, (2017)
Rita Muratalla, Director of Principal Development and Support, KASA, Frankfort, (2019)
Estill Neace, Principal, Robinson Elementary School, Ary, (2019)
Jeff Riley, Middle School Athletic Director, Caldwell County Schools, Princeton, (2017)

Dan Seum, Jr, Task Force Member, KYMSFA, Louisville, (2019)
Eleanor Spry, Middle School Athletic Director, St. Mary School, Paducah, (2019)

David […]

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04/15/14 – Middle School Regulation-Repeating Students, Age

Middle School Blog Updates and Information

As part of its required charge, the Middle School Advisory Committee has recommended the change below to the Kentucky Board of Education. The change was approved through two readings of the Kentucky Board of Education, and is slated for final consideration by the General Assembly (Administrative Regulations Review Subcommittee) in June, 2014.

Below is the text of the relevant portion of the regulation. It is important to note that the regulation change has a phase-in date in 2015-2016, however the regulation is not final until approved by the Kentucky General Assembly through its committees.

(7) Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year and thereafter, require that no student enrolled initially in grade (5) through grade (8) during the 2015-2016 school year or thereafter who is repeating a grade for any reason be eligible to compete in interscholastic competition involving students enrolled in grades six (6) through eight (8) while repeating a grade;

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04/15/14 – Middle School Regulation – 702 KAR 7:065

Middle School Blog Updates and Information

NOTE: The following is an excerpt from 702 KAR 7:065 as passed by the Kentucky Board of Education. As of April 18, 2014, the underlined portion of this text is in the regulatory promulgation process, and will be considered by the General Assembly in June.

RELATES TO: KRS 156.070(2)
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: KRS 156.070(1), (2)
NECESSITY, FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: KRS 156.070(1) requires the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) to manage and control the common schools, including interscholastic athletics in the schools. KRS 156.070(2) authorizes the KBE to designate an agency to manage athletics. This administrative regulation designates an agent for middle and high school athletics; establishes the financial planning and review processes for the agent; and incorporates by reference the bylaws, procedures and rules of the agent.

Section 3. To remain eligible to maintain the designation as the agent to manage interscholastic athletics at the middle school level, beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, […]

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07/1/13 – Update on Middle School Regulation

Athletic Department Blog Updates

As the amendments to 702 KAR 7:065 work their way through the administrative review process, I/we have been asked to hold off in any communication that could be considered final as well as development of additional material until the regulation is approved in final form, partly to ensure that we send a consistent message. However, it seems timely to update you on the progress of these changes, particularly with the changes proposed related to Middle School Athletics. As you are aware, the genesis of these changes was a study commissioned by the legislature in 2012, with findings reported to the Kentucky Board of Education for implementation through the Kentucky Department of Education.

Status of Regulation

At its June meeting, the Kentucky Board of Education approved several technical amendments that were suggested by KBE and KHSAA staff to ensure clarity following a significant amount of feedback from Superintendents, Principals and the public at large. Those changes, and […]

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04/23/13 – Changes Approved by KBE to Codify KHSAA Authority Over Middle School Athletics

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From the Commissioner:
In this document, I am going to try and summarize, in as concise a means as possible, the changes made to 702 KAR 7:065 which specify regulations for athletics at the middle school level. This first part will be about the regulation itself, and the changes
that will be made due to its passage. An additional document, which will be able to be revised and edited as more questions arise, will explain many of the changes in layman’s terms.

Pursuant to KRS 156.070 (2), the Kentucky Board of Education is responsible for all levels of interscholastic athletics in all grades and has delegated such authority to the KHSAA for many years. For most of that time, the regulations have focused on play
at the high school interscholastic level (grades 9-12). The Kentucky Board of Education has, for a couple of years, been reviewing issues related to participation in middle school interscholastic athletics. […]

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04/21/13 – Changes to KHSAA High School Rules Approved by KBE

Athletic Department Blog Updates

Each year, the KHSAA must submit through KDE, any requested changes to 702 KAR 7:065 effecting governance of high school athletics. Pursuant to KRS 156.070 (2), the Kentucky Board of Education is responsible for all levels of interscholastic athletics in all grades, and has delegated such authority to the KHSAA for many years. Annually, requests for changes to regulations for interscholastic athletic competition at the high school level are submitted from a variety of sources through the KHSAA Board of Control. Normally, this involves a proposed set of changes that are voted on in the fall by the membership, then approved by the Board of Control, and subsequently reviewed as part of 702 KAR 7:065 by the Kentucky Board of Education. After these steps, the proposed changes are taken to the legislature through the Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee, for final approval.

This year was unusual in that in the midst of the regular review of […]

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